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How to Clean a Rubber Stamp

Using rubber stamps gives you the flexibility to change ink colours regularly but you don’t want to contaminate each ink pad with different colours, therefore cleaning between uses is essential to the longevity of your stamp as this prevents dust and dirt collecting on the stamp and damaging the stamp at a faster rate.

To keep getting a clean impression over and over it is important to keep your stamp clean without damaging the handle or adhesive and that’s why we’ve created a guide on how to keep your stamp clean.


What can I use?

There are many options and different materials you can use to clean your stamp with. Below are some options to try:

  1. Blot the excess ink onto some paper to remove any excess ink before using a wet wipe (alcohol free – to avoid damage to the adhesive) to remove ink left on the pad.
  2. You can use packing tape to remove excess ink as the adhesive in the tape allows the ink to be easy picked up. This method also utilises easy disposal of the cleaning material (tape), creating a mess free clean-up process.
  3. Alternatively, you can purchase cleaning solutions made specifically for branded ink. For example, for StazOn ink products we recommend using their own brand of rubber stamp cleaner. Available to shop here.

Materials to Avoid

Try to avoid using soap and water with a wooden mounted stamp as this can damage the adhesive. As well as avoiding harsh chemicals like bleach, acetone and any oil based products as these could significantly damage the rubber pad.

Remember that ink can stain stamps so don’t scrub too hard as this will damage the rubber!


Proper Storage and Care

Rubber stamps are kind of fragile if they are not stored correctly. When you aren’t using your stamp we recommend storing it in a cool, dry place and out of direct sunlight to avoid your wooden stamp rotting and the rubber drying out.


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